By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent
On Tuesday night Belton City Council met at Harris Community Center for a regular meeting. One council member, David K. Leigh participated in the meeting from Minnesota via teleconference. Participation remotely has been allowed by the Texas Open Meetings Act since 2013, though it was the first time Belton City Council had tried it.
Belton Police Department will have an open house on March 9 from 2:00 p.m. til 4:00 p.m. and will offer tours of the new facility. Lieutenant Larry Berg, Belton Police Department, presented to city council an invitation for the council members and the community to join him at an open house.
Mayor Marion Grayson recommended Lee Casey for the consideration of appointment to the Library Board of Directors. The motion was carried.
The motion was carried to cancel the May 7, General City Election; the candidates running are unopposed
Kasberg, Patrick & Associates (KPA) have been contracted with the city since 1991 with a consulting contract. Major projects have included engineering services. The motion was carried to consider the amendment to their price changes, which had been the same since 2009 and are charged on an hourly basis.
“This is a very good item for us, and I recommend their services,” Sam Listi, City Manager said.
The motion was carried to amend the resolution conveying BEDC real property, located at the former Rockwool Superfund Site, for an industrial park. The 13.76 acre and the 36.326 acre parcels are located east of the intersection of Interstate 35 and Farm to Market 93.
“We are very close to conveying that property to Belton Economic Development Corporation,” Listi said.
“This will go before a board of directors for Belton Economic Development Corporation to accept the property,” said Cynthia Hernandez, Director Belton Economic Development Corporation. “Next, we will do a conceptual land plan. We will consider it in April, the city will convey the property to the Belton Economic Development Corporation and we can move forward and market the property and facilitate development.”
Belton City Council carried the motion for the city manager to execute a development agreement between McLean Commercial Ltd., and the City of Belton, regarding Sendero Estates. Sendero Estates Subdivision is located in between Wheat Road and Boxer Road, and north of the US Highway 190. Also, considered is amending the Water/Sewer and General Fund budgets recommending additional funds to allow for sewer and water line oversizing, from 8-inch to 12-inch lines to accommodate future growth. Oversizing both lines from 8” to 12” will cost the city $ 32,050.
“I am a little concerned that we are going to pay for oversizing water and sewer lines in an area that hasn’t been CCN’d yet,” stated Jerri Gauntt, council member, Belton City Council.
“We worked hard to secure the right of way for Lake-to-Lake Road that was impacted by that subdivision,” commented, Sam Listi, City Manager, City of Belton.
Council wants the possible code changes:
Recommend changing the tree mitigation fee to $100. per diameter inch and also recommend changing the 3:1 replacement to a 1:1 replacement of Belton Heritage Trees. This change is hoped it will encourage developers to replace the trees instead of paying the fee.
Recommend changing the maximum cul-de-sac length in the Subdivision ordinance to 1,000 feet or construct intermediate turnarounds when the length of a cul-de-sac exceeds 1,000 feet.
And changing maximum number of lots served by one means of ingress/egress in the Fire Code. Also recommend allowing a variance to the maximum lot requirement of 30, by constructing alternate emergency egress.
“These code changes are to achieve quality development,” Listi said.